An Interview with Thomas Stanley, Co-Author of “The Millionaire Next Door”

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. A while back, I mentioned the book The Millionaire Next Door to one of my colleagues at The Motley Fool. “That book changed my life,” she gushed. […]

How Will You Use Your Tax Refund?

Are you expecting an income tax refund? If so, you’re not alone. Based on IRS statistics, there were nearly 142 million federal tax returns filed last year, of which nearly 109 million (ca. 79%) of resulted in an income tax refund. The total amount refunded was a little more than $362 billion, for an average of $2,994 per refund. Wow. […]

Cavalcade of Risk

Welcome to the latest edition of  the Cavalcade of Risk, the blog carnival focused on insurance and managing your financial risks. […]

My domains have to start pulling their weight, or they’re gone

J. Money culled ten web domain names from his portfolio in an effort to clean out some of the mental financial clutter from his life.  He had a bit of a domain-buying binge last year so there was room for culling. I have thirty-two domains in my Namecheap account.  Some are for my wife’s projects but many are for mine.  I got them probably for the same reason that J. […]

How To Fly For Free

Who wouldn’t want to score free airline tickets or travel for free? I’d consider travel as a big ticket expense, especially because I deal with a 5 member family and have to figure out how to transport an entire household from one point to another. One way I save? I just don’t travel too often. [...]How To Fly For Free Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. […]

Getting Creative with Budget Travel

This is a guest post from Rebecca Rosenfelt, founder of Inhabit Vacations, a curated travel site. She also blogs about creative approaches to real estate at Real Savvy Real Estate. […]

Save for Retirement Before You Save for College

Many parents would do just about anything to give their kids the best opportunities in life. In some cases, they’ll even go so far as working extra hours to make sure their children have access to activities, tutors, etc. that can put them ahead. Given this, one are that worries many parents is the high (and increasing) cost of college tuition. […]

Interesting Money Facts, Part 2

In the book Smart Is the New Rich: If You Cant Afford It, Put It Down, author Christine Romans list sets of facts (throughout the book) that she calls "Romans' Numeral". Today I'll be sharing a few of these and giving my comments on them. […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #3: Block Your Cards

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. For a full description of this, see the first article in the series. Once I had the credit cards out of my wallet, I found that I was forced to think about my purchases more carefully when I was out and about. […]

$100 PNC Checking Account Promotion (February 2011)

My very first “bank” account was at a local credit union on Long Island, where I was a joint account holder with my Mom. My second bank account was at a PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, where a branch was only a few blocks away from where I was living. Back then, I opened an account for free because free student checking accounts were all the rage (maybe I got a t-shirt or a frisbee or something silly). […]

Understanding the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credits

The housing market crash resulted in the government’s decision to try and stimulate homebuying with tax credits. However, it is important to note that, because there were different tax credits being offered, you may have to pay back your tax credit. […]

Giving Your ZIP Code to Cashiers

One of my first jobs as a teenager, twenty-some years ago, was a salesperson at Radio Shack. Our point-of-sale system functioned on phone numbers for some reason, so whenever a customer wanted to purchase something, we asked the customer for his or her phone number. Even if the customer was buying a pack of AA batteries with cash, we were required to follow this procedure. […]

CompleteTax Review #2

In January I selected several readers to receive free copies of various income tax software programs. In exchange, they agreed to use the software to do their taxes and write an unbiased review. The summary below was written by FMF reader CB and contains her thoughts about CompleteTax’s Premium MVP product. Here's CompleteTax Review #1 if you're interested. […]

Time to Review Your Budget

An often overlooked tool in managing your personal finances, the basic budget is where it all begins.  The budget is the foundation from which all other things relating to your personal finances are built.  Ironically, many of us have the tendency to set our budget and move on to bigger and better things.  We may tweak the budget if we remember a change or make the occasional adjustment, however f […]

Ask the Readers: Is it Worth it to Go to College?

Going to college after high school seems to be the norm for most students. Attending and graduating from college has almost always been looked upon favorably. […]

6 Areas Where You Can Eliminate Distractions

In that post-New Year's resolution malaise that sets in at the end of January, I'm noticing an obvious thing I didn't think of before — distractions can break the best intentions. […]

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #2: Cleanse Your Wallet or Purse

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well. […]

5 Best Skin Care Tips for People on a Budget

We all want to look good, and we all know we should be practicing the best skin care routine possible. But finding ways to do that on a budget when you’re bombarded with ads telling you to spend the equivalent of a car payment on products each month is another story. […]

Frugal Oscar Party Ideas

Ah, the Oscars. That magical awards ceremony where Hollywood's finest don their most elegant regalia, vie for the most prestigious honors in their industry, and get drowned out by music when they try to thank too many people. […]